Keywords: A vocabulary of culture and society

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Now revised to include new words and updated essays, Keywords focuses on the sociology of language, demonstrating how the key words we use to understand our society take on new meanings and how these changes reflect the political bent and values of society.

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Raymond Williams, Jesus College, Cambridge University.

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"A great asset for freshmen for definitions in the writing process."--Abdul L. Taj, Jackson State University

"A first-rate work, both stimulating and provocative."--Lawrence M. Davis, Ball State University

Praise for the first edition:

"An invaluable book....A unique coda to the words of one of our most original and provocative thinkers."--Harpers

"Stimulating."--The New York Times

"Keywords is useful and stimulating to all who work with words or merely love them."--The Wall Street Journal

"Writers, scholars, and others concerned with the interaction between the changed meanings of words will find Keywords current and informative."--Booklist

"The book's greatest value, perhaps, is its exemplification of how all of us should respond to the words we hear and use: with surprise, distrust, curiosity, and unflagging vigilance."--The Yale Review

"This book is an erudite, elegant, and awful warning to anybody tempted to lay down the lexicographical law, in order to apply one authoritative fixed sense to a highly variable and controversial value word."--The Times (London)

"Readers of Williams' earlier works will find fresh rewards in these insights into sematics, sociology, anthropology, and history."--Library Journal

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